VJ Books Presents Author John Edmund Gardner!
John Edmund Gardner (20 November 1926 - 3 August 2007) was born in Seaton Delaval, a small village in Northumberland. During World War II he joined the Home Guard, despite being only 13 at the time. Gardner subsequently served in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, before transferring to the Royal Marines 42 Commando for service in the Middle and Far East.
After the war he went up to St John's College, Cambridge, to study theology and was subsequently ordained as an Anglican priest in 1953. He realized that he had lost his faith and made an error in his career. Gardner published his autobiography, Spin the Bottle, in 1964.
In 1964, Gardner began his novelist career with The Liquidator, in which he created the character Boysie Oakes who inadvertently is mistaken to be a tough, pitiless man of action and is thereupon recruited into a British spy agency.
Following the success of his Oakes books, Gardner created new characters: Derek Torry, a Scotland Yard inspector of Italian descent, and Herbie Kruger, the latter of which appeared in a series of novels published simultaneously with his Bond works. In the mid-1970s Gardner also wrote the first of three novels using the character of Professor Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes series, the last of which was published posthumously.
In 1979 Glidrose Publications (now Ian Fleming Publications) approached Gardner and asked him to revive Ian Fleming's James Bond series of novels. Between 1981 and 1996, Gardner wrote fourteen James Bond novels, and the novelizations of two Bond films.
His break from writing lasted for five years, following the death of his wife, but after battling his illness he returned to print in 2000 with a new novel, Day of Absolution. Gardner also began a series of books with a new character, Suzie Mountford, a 1930s police detective.
John Gardner Bibliography
Boysie Oakes Series
- The Liquidator - 1964
- Understrike - 1965
- Amber Nine - 1966
- Madrigal - 1967
- Founder Member - 1969
- Traitor's Exit - 1970
- The Airline Pirates - 1970 - published in the U.S. as Air Apparent
- A Killer for a Song - 1975
- Two Boysie Oakes short stories appear in The Assassination File (A Handful of Rice, Corkscrew).
- Two Boysie Oakes short stories appear in Hideaway (Boysie Oakes and The Explosive Device, Sunset At Paleokastritsa).
Derek Torry Series
- A Complete State of Death - 1969 - reissued in the U.S. as The Stone Killer
- The Corner Men - 1974
Professor Moriarty Series
- The Return of Moriarty - 1974
- The Revenge of Moriarty - 1975
- Moriarty - 2008
Herbie Kruger Series
- The Nostradamus Traitor - 1979
- The Garden of Weapons - 1980
- The Quiet Dogs - 1982
- Maestro - 1993
- Confessor - 1995
The Railton Family Series
- The Secret Generations - 1985
- The Secret Houses - 1988
- The Secret Families - 1989
James Bond Novels
- License Renewed - 1981
- For Special Services - 1982
- Icebreaker - 1983
- Role of Honour - 1984
- Nobody Lives for Ever - 1986
- No Deals, Mr. Bond - 1987
- Scorpius - 1988
- Win, Lose or Die - 1989
- Licence to Kill - 1989 – novelization of a film script
- Brokenclaw - 1990
- The Man from Barbarossa - 1991
- Death is Forever - 1992
- Never Send Flowers - 1993
- SeaFire - 1994
- GoldenEye - 1995 – novelization of a film script
- Cold - 1996 – published in the U.S. as Cold Fall
Detective Sergeant Suzie Mountford Series
- Bottled Spider - 2002
- The Streets of Town - 2003
- Angels Dining at the Ritz - 2004
- Troubled Midnight - 2005
- No Human Enemy - 2007
- The Censor - 1970
- Every Night's a Bullfight - 1971 (Published in the U.S. in a bowdlerized edition as "Every Night's a Festival" in 1972.)
- To Run a Little Faster - 1976
- The Werewolf Trace - 1977
- The Dancing Dodo - 1978
- Golgotha - 1980 - published in the U.S. as The Last Trump
- The Director - 1982 (A re-working of his 1971 novel "Every Night's a Bullfight".)
- Flamingo - 1983
- Blood of the Fathers - 1992 (as by "Edmund McCoy". Later published under his own name in 2004.)
- Day of Absolution - 2000
Short Story Collections
- Hideaway - 1968 (Contains two Boysie Oakes stories.)
- The Assassination File - 1974 (Contains two Boysie Oakes stories.)
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